First, this collection actually consists of 9 pieces instead of 10 because I received a commission this month and I counted that as one of my 10 pieces for the month. All of these works are acrylic on heavyweight, cold press watercolor paper and they are 8"x10", with the exception of the diptych, which consists of two 5"x7".
The two paintings below were the first two that I worked on. The first is titled "Fragmentation" and the second is "Fracture Mountain".
I think I loved the idea in my head more than in practice. I still like them and I am glad that I made them, but I think that painting any more than two of these would have made me go a little crazy! Since I still loved the idea, but I couldn't handle anymore tiny shapes, I decided to try the same concept, but a bit bigger.
These two are named "Rift" and "Schism". In making these, I quickly realized how difficult it was to place colors without putting two similar shades right next to each other, so I mixed a surprising number of colors in order to make these work.
After painting the same idea, just in two different scales, I was inspired by an artist I follow on Instagram, Cassandra Ott, who is making a scalloped pattern a day for 100 days (also known as the 100 days project on Instagram). I have been loving her work, so I wanted to try to make my own scallops...
My first scallop painting, "Plating", isn't as successful as I was hoping, but I still really like it - especially in the grayscale. Of course I had to try it again and made "Clamber". This second one I like even more and I'm really a fan of the two sizes of scallops together. There could be a scallop collection in the future...
This diptych, "Spinning Spheres", came as a result of mis-tearing my paper for this collection. The only way to fix the tear in the paper was to make it smaller, so instead of an 8"x10", I made two 5"x7". This piece gave me a lot of trouble and, even though it had been totally drawn out for weeks, I waited until the very end to actually apply paint. I loved the shapes that I had drawn out, but I didn't want to paint them in like I did on the first two pieces of this collection. Instead, I drew over them in with a black Micron pen and then applied layer upon layer on top on them. I really like how these turned out and the conversation they seem to be having. Out of this collection, this is the one I chose to keep.
In creating this collection, I learned some valuable things:
1. Start with a very clear idea of what the collection will be
2. For heaven's sake, utilize the sketchbook before committing to the idea
3. Lemons to lemonade - a random diptych isn't such a bad thing
Except for "Spinning Spheres" and "Schism", all of these paintings are for sale in my Etsy shop and the link of their titles will take you directly there. As always, the shipping is free.
I hope you've enjoyed this collection!